Mindful Medicine Offers Free Online Retreat to Help Healthcare Providers During COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 – Portland, OR – Mindful Medicine, a nonprofit organization based in Portland, OR that provides healthcare professionals with skills for reducing stress and burnout, will be offering a free, live online retreat (via Zoom) for any healthcare worker in need.  The online retreat will take place on Friday, April 24, 2020 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. and on Saturday, April 25, 2020 from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. This will be a drop-in format and will offer 15 – 75 minute blocks of mindfulness practices throughout the day. Participants can come and go at their convenience or engage in all the practices for a full retreat.

The sessions will be led by Laura Martin, LCSW and Denise Gour, LCSW – two licensed social workers and Mindful Medicine Board members who specialize in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and related models.

Attendees will practice mindfulness strategies for ease and calm and learn:

  • self-care skills that reduce stress
  • self-care strategies that reduce empathy fatigue
  • strategies that enhance self-compassion and positive emotions

More details about the online retreat, including the schedule can be found here.

Studies have shown that stress and burnout among healthcare professionals is a growing issue. This reality led to Mindful Medicine’s creation in 2013. Since that time, Mindful Medicine’s two-day retreats, community practice groups, and online practice groups have helped hundreds of healthcare workers become more resilient in the workplace.

“There is no better time than the present to stop, take a deep mindful breath, touch your heart and turn inward for a moment with your fellow frontliners in healthcare,” said past-participant Stacey Crowley, RN. “This Mindful Medicine retreat will offer realistic tools to survive the most intense of shifts, burnout and trauma. I have deep gratitude for this experience and recommend it for anyone in the healthcare field.”

“Our programs have been so beneficial to providers experiencing stress and burnout even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Laura Martin, LCSW. “We have been working with and supporting providers through difficulty for years and can help providers learn and use new tools to prioritize and take care of themselves.”

About Mindful Medicine:

Mindful Medicine: Offering mindfulness and community connections to healthcare providers since 2013. Founded and run by providers for providers, Mindful Medicine is secular, evidence-based, independent, not-for-profit (Tax ID: 46-3513976), volunteer-driven, and donor-supported.

Press contact:

Heidi McGreal
Mindful Medicine Administrative Coordinator
Ph: 971-344-3822
Email: mindfulmedicinepdx@gmail.com

Facilitator Bios:

Laura Martin, LCSW, has been a social worker since 1993, with much of her clinical experience in high-volume, high-intensity community mental health. Teaching the mindful modality of DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), and witnessing the profound effects of mindfulness with difficult populations was a huge inspiration to develop her own mindfulness practice. Laura has been practicing deeply with the Zen Community of Oregon since 2004. She has been in private practice in downtown Portland since 2010.  Laura has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction since 2009 and is working towards MBSR Teacher Certification through the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School.  Laura also offers shorter mindfulness / meditation retreats, day-long retreats, classes on developing a mindful relationship to money, and self-compassion. You can lean more about Laura and her services at: lauramartinlcsw.com

Denise Gour, LCSW, has worked with children and adults as a licensed clinical social worker since 1999 and specializes in the areas of stress, depression, anxiety, and addiction recovery. Her services are offered privately and under contract with health care, education, and private business organizations. Denise has enjoyed regularly facilitating three evidence-based mindfulness courses since 2009.   Professional Mindfulness Training: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 2009, Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention 2010, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression 2011, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens 2010 , Interpersonal Neurobiology 2010. You can learn more about Denise and her services at: www.mindfulplace.com